As I finish the rose book I have decided to add a section of photographing bouquets.
The PhotoBotanic Guide to Photographing Roses is aimed at garden photographers but I have photographed lifestyle books where roses are used in arrangements and bouquets. Roses are the queens of flowers and doesn’t everyone loves to have an arrangement ? It is really fun to photograph bouquets, so there is now a whole section in the book.
The photographer needs a different approach when shooting lifestyle photos. In the garden we take what we can find, with the flower arrangement we create a scene. Preparation is everything.
I usually use a stylist who will have a variety of props, containers, and fabrics to use that are matched to whatever location and mood we want to create. It is often a bit tedious putting a composition together, as every element becomes part of a still life study and every part of the frame needs to be considered.
Once you do have a good arrangement and a good location, don’t settle for just one photo. Work the scene. In the photo ‘Pascali’ roses by a window, after I shot the inside photo I went outside and looked in.
The book will be finished at the end of the month. If you preorder, I will send you a 20% discount coupon